July 2011

Veggie Production

Jul
28

Well tickle my tuque, our garden is thriving! I was beginning to worry there for a moment. I would compare mine with other gardens in the area and it was looking pretty bleak. My garden looked scraggly, sparse and malnourished compared to the others I've seen. And I can't deny that I've neglected my precious plants in the past, so I can only blame myself.

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DXing on the AM Band

Jul
27

Thanks to our late Uncle Jim Van Alstein, I was introduced to the AM band of the radio. Although he never admitted or mentioned it, he was an AM DXer. Throughout the day, but mostly late at night and early in the morning he could be found sitting in the kitchen sipping his cup of coffee while listening to an old transistor radio which sat on the windowsill. He'd let me know of certain 'shows' that were coming on and on what station to find it. But at the time, I never really took too much interest in it all. Now, I wish I had.

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Berry Picking!

Jul
25

So as it turns out, the dirt road we drive to get to the stone quarry just happens to go along an area that's great for berry picking. A couple times we passed a vehicle pulled over on the side of the road, and didn't think much of it. On this last run to the quarry we decided to stop, figuring they may be picking blueberries. And wouldn't you know it, not five feet from the road was a blueberry patch.

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The Beginnings of Our Stone Wall.

Jul
25

Finally, we were able to start working on the walls. It seems like all the digging and backfilling was all just prep work. Sure the foundation is the most important part of the building, but it's all underground. There's not much to look at. But now we are getting to the most exciting part of the construction ... the walls!

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A Modern Day Stoning

Jul
21

Although the sun had long past it's zenith in the sky, it's heat was still emanating strongly from the stones strewn out upon the ground. Where once stood a luscious forest of green pine trees and all the bushes and shrubs of the northern wilderness, now lies a barren wasteland of sand and stone. Not a single creature treads upon this part of the earth. Not even the birds dare fly above it. The weeds and shrubs which mark it's borders are cursed to look upon this wasteland every day.

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Rubble Foundation Complete!

Jul
18

3 weeks, and 13.5 cubic yards later, we finally put in the last bit of stone for our rubble trench. By the Gods am I glad that's over! I went into it with high hopes of getting it done quickly. I built up a machine-like mentality figuring it's a no-brainer type of work. Fill buckets with stone, pour into trench, tamp and repeat. Unfortunately it didn't go that way.

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Night of the Tempest!

Jul
18

Yesterday evening started out just like every other evening. The sun falling behind the tree tops, which engulfed our tent in shadow. The sweltering heat that had built up inside, was now able to cool down, allowing us to sit inside comfortably. With our pj's on and a movie in the laptop for Phoenix, we snuggled down into our bed as usual. Twilight hangs around for a long time here in the north, but as usual it succumbs to nightfall. And last night was no different. With Phoenix and Patricia sound asleep I decided to hop on the internet for a bit.

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Our Hostess With The Mostest

Jul
17

We need to take a moment because we owe a great deal of thanks to many of our family and friends. Without each and every one of you, I doubt we would be where we are today. So from the hearts of Patricia, Phoenix and I, Thank you all for your love and support you've given us. All of you, in one way or another, have helped us achieve our dreams, but there is one family in particular, I'd like to share with the rest of you at this time.

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